Tony Trischka's EARLY ROMAN KINGS: The Music of Bob Dylan
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Of a Winter’s Night is Tony Trischka's acoustic celebration of the holiday season. Based on his 2015 CD release of the same name, this show features Trischka’s considerable melodic inventiveness on a wide variety of seasonal tunes. Joined by multi-instrumentalist & shape-note singer Tim Eriksen, Trischka also revels in songs long-forgotten and little-known.
Trischka and Eriksen put a warm spin on a wealth of festive fare. Eriksen, a master of Americana music, has also worked closely with T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain. Trischka & Eriksen have invited shape note singer and fearless fiddler Zoe Darrow to join them. The stark, haunting sound of shape note music is the perfect complement to the music Trischka recorded on his critically-acclaimed Rounder Records Glory Shone Around and the new music he has arranged for this show. They are joined by vocalist extraordinaire Phoebe Hunt and Dominic Leslie on mandolin.
Performing from the 1844 hymn book Sacred Harp, some of the evening’s songs date back to the Revolutionary era. Other selections range from classics such as “Come All Ye Faithful,” to lesser known tunes like The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles,” Trischka’s “Christmas Morn’,” and a tribute to Prince with the younger Trischka’s “Paisley Park” Christmas song. Old-time holiday fiddle music joins with classically influenced carols. Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie songs are juxtaposed with the hard-driving bluegrass flavor of “Christmas Time’s A’Comin’”.
A “celebration of Americana, sometimes lively, sometimes stately,” (Washington Post), the music of Glory Shone Around is “always excellent, full of fine surprises and memorable moments” (The New York Times).
EARLY ROMAN KINGS: The Music of Bob Dylan
“Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan” features music from over half a century of insanely creative music – from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award: “There’s no doubt his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the United States”. That side of his mercurial career and many others will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother lode hits. Early Roman Kings are: Tony Trischka/banjo, pedal steel; Stash Wyslouch/guitar, vocals; Sean Trischka/drums, vocals; Jared Engel/bass.
For these “Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan” shows, he is thrilled to play some tunes by a musical hero he met over 50 years ago, in honor of the artist’s 75th birthday. He’s equally thrilled to be enjoying this experience with Sean Trischka, Stash Wyslouch, and Jared Engel, brilliant musicians and fun guys!
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The Deadly Gentlemen. Now paving his own way as a solo artist with a new group, Bluegrass and Metal collide to form an original, honest and thoughtful sound. His debut album, “Stash!” (2015), features 19 original songs and a stellar band including Sean Trischka on Drums and Vocals, Duncan Wickel on Fiddle and Noam Wiesenberg on Bass.
Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2010, Stash has toured with a variety of acts, most notably with The Deadly Gentlemen. He also went on a US-State department sponsored tour with The Earth Stringband in 2011, becoming the first all-American band to play in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste.
Stash has shared the stage with The Del McCoury band, David Grisman, The Yonder Mountain Stringband, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Michael Daves, Darol Anger, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more.
“Drummist” and singer-songwriter Sean Trischka, a 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate, was raised in a musically-rich household. To quote his website:
My name is Sean Trischka. I write songs, sing, play the drums, and wear pants. I'm currently living in Boston, MA (hometown of Whitey Bulger and birthplace of New Kids On The Block).
In the past few years I've been fortunate enough to perform and/or record with The Deadly Gentlemen, Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band), members of Lake Street Dive, Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Victor Wooten, Julian Lage and many others.
Jared Engel is an upright bassist and four-string banjoist who is in high demand in the New York Metropolitan area. His involvement in a wide array of musical groups is astonishing, as he is equally at home in all of them: Bluegrass, Appalachian Old Time and so much jazz: New Orleans style, traditional, hot jazz, swing, you name it. He performs intimate venues and at large, world-renowned music festivals. Where there’s great music, there’s Jared Engel. Like the other Early Roman Kings, he’s performed with each of them, but never all together as a group – he’s stoked to be doing it now to the tunes of Bob Dylan.